Aus vs NZ, ODI 1



Kia ora, mates! After the first Australian leg of the Chappell-Hadlee trophy in December, where Australia dominated over New Zealand and won the 3 match series 3-0, the action shifts to New Zealand for the second leg, a match series again, beginning with the first game today in Auckland!

New Zealand will be eyeing a comeback after having been subdued in every game in December, while Australia have troubles of their own.

With David Warner rested, Steve Smith ruled out with an injury and most recently, skipper for the series Matthew Wade out with having hurt his back, (Aaron Finch has been called into the side as replacement and stand in captain) a friend of mine had recently called New Zealand’s condition here as “lucky”.

News is in, Australia have won the toss, they’re going to bowl first!

The teams for today:

New Zealand:

Kane Williamson (c)
Tom Blundell
Trent Boult
Neil Broom
Colin de Grandhomme
Lockie Ferguson
Martin Guptill
Matt Henry
Tom Latham (wk)
Colin Munro
James Neesham
Mitchell Santner
Tim Southee
Ross Taylor


Aaron Finch (c)
Travis Head
Shaun Marsh
Peter Handscomb (wk)
Glenn Maxwell
Marc Stoinis
Sam Heazlett
James Faulkner
Mitchell Starc
Pat Cummins
Josh Hazlewood

And there it is! The trophy is unveiled, the anthems are done, and the batsmen walk out to the middle!

Ov. 0.0: With Guptill back in the side, he’s taken his place opening with Tom Latham. Guptill will face the opening ball, Mitchell Starc takes the ball for Australia!

0.1: Starc begins with a bouncer, clocking in a 139 kph. Talk about conventional. Guptill keeps it down, dot ball, and this match is underway!

There’s three runs and two singles off the first over of this match! NZ 5-0 after 1!

1.0: Josh Hazelwood is his bowling partner from the other end.

1.4: One-one-oh-one. Hazelwood bowling a bit on the fuller side.

1.5: There’s a thing about Australia-New Zealand matches. And that’s that the action doesn’t wait. Not till the last 10 overs, no.

2 overs into play, and there’s a chance already! Latham gets a thick edge on the ball, Shaun Marsh at second slip gets all due credit for trying, but it was beyond him.

Just a single though.

2 overs in, New Zealand 9-0!

2.1: Bang goes Latham! Half-volley on the ball, and it goes through extra cover, fielder falling around the ball as it helps itself to the boundary. Four runs, Starc the bowler!

2.5: But Starc has the final say! Bouncer to Latham, who misreads the bounce and nicks it again, but this time, it’s straight to the ‘keeper Handscomb! New Zealand lose their first wicket!

Blackcaps skipper Kane Williamson is the next batsman to walk out to the middle!

2.6: 2 runs and he’s off the mark!

3 overs done, NZ 15-1!

Perfect start for Australia, early wickets can slow down any batting, even if just for a while.

Ov 4: Hazelwood with the ball, and he’s bowling full. Australia looking to capitalise on the first wicket’s fall, looking for an lbw here.

One-two-nought-one-four-one leg bye.

3.5: Four runs! A little width, Guptill comes down the track, and bangs it away!

For anyone with a dream of diving int’l advertising boards, Eden Park’s the place.

3.6: Looking for the lbw all over, Australia appeal! It’s close, above the pad, but Australia are really getting warmed up here.

End of 4 overs, NZ 24-1!

Over 5: Guptill cuts lose this over.Martin Guptill helped give New Zealand a flying start against Australia.

End of 5, NZ 36-1, and underway! Current RR: 7.2.

Ov 6: Pat Cummins comes in to the attack. Ah, that was not intended.

5 runs off the next over, with a boundary to Guptill, hitting a faster 147-gunner from Cummins! NZ 41-1!

Ov 7: Hazelwood keeps it tight! Williamson faces the entire over, 1 run off it. NZ 42-1!

Ov 8: 4 runs off Pat Cummins’ next. Australia drying up the runs, NZ 46-1!

Ov 9: 5 runs off it and a lovely boundary to Kane Williamson.

8.4:  Williamson pulls a shorter one away to the ropes! -uh, advertising boards.

Brings up the Kiwi fifty!

End of 9, NZ 51-1!   Williamson 13(23)(1×4)   Guptill 29(22)(5×4)

Cummins 0-8(2) Hazelwood -0-18(4)

Ov 10: Pace and bounce, Cummins with the ball!

9.1: He begins with the bouncer.

9.3: Fuller, Guptill pushes it for 2 runs through square leg.

9.4: whawazat. A 144 kph bouncer, zings past Guptill who tries to hit it up, then misses the wicketkeeper behind him too. 5 wides!

9.6: Last ball, and four!

So 11 runs off that over, a fifth of an innings done and dusted, NZ 62-1!

    • MJ Guptill   35 (28b 6×4)                                           Cummins      3-0-19-0
    • KS Williamson   13 (23b 1×4)                                   Hazlewood    4-0-18-0

Ov 11: Here comes James Faulkner!

10.1: A single off his first delivery this match, a slightly pitched up delivery outside off, Williamson drags it across to the other side and runs it. That’s the fifty run partnership between Guptill and Williamson!

10.4: Four runs to the skip, over the third man boundary.

End of 11, and 7 runs off it! NZ 69-1!

Someday, maybe I’ll be sitting in the grounds with wires jacked up all around me, and while everyone around will be watching the batting, trying to catch the odd six in the crowd and drinking their drinks, I’ll be worrying about laptop battery and the glare on my screen and really be live blogging. Aah, blissful dreams. Perhaps the only things getting my up at 3:30 am!

Over 12: Cummins with the ball.

11.3: What do you do when the bouncer’s over your head? Stick your bat up through it, and send it over the ‘keeper’s head, and into the boards, like Guptill! Four runs!

6 runs off the over, NZ 75-1! RR up to 6.25

    • KS Williamson 20 (28b 2×4)               PJ Cummins    4-0-25-0
    • MJ Guptill 41 (35b 7×4)                          JP Faulkner     1-0-7-0

Over 13: Faukner with the ball.

12.3: Wide ball, Guptill picks his spot, last minute, but he puts it into the gap, and it’s 4 runs to NZ!

12.6: Short ball to outside offstump, Williamson finishes the over with a single, it’s 8 runs off the over,

NZ 83-1!

Guptill moves to 46!

Ov 14: Marcus Stoining into the attack.

13.1: A late play and a dot. Williamson the batsman.

13.2: Good use of the wrists, and a single taken.

13.3: A wait until late again, Guptill plays and steals by a quick single.

13.6: Last ball does it. Stoinis to Williamson, the ball angles in and hits his pad, and a catch is taken. Australia appeal, and the umpire’s finger goes up! It’s a big wicket for Australia here! New Zealand lose their skipper, it’s 87-2!

KS Williamson c Maxwell b Stoinis 24 (34b 2×4 0x6) SR: 70.58

Meanwhile, Guptill moves on to 48, no pressure. Eden Park’s got an encouraging crowd today!

And Ross Taylor walks in with a willow and a will not to give away his wicket, (and not run anyone out), wow, how’s that for an alliteration?


Batting R B 4 6
MJ Guptill not out 49 46 8 0
TWM Latham caught wk 7 9 1 0
KS Williamson caught 24 34 2 0
LRPL Taylor not out 0 0 0 0
NT Broom
C Munro
JDS Neesham
MJ Santner
TG Southee
LH Ferguson
TA Boult
Extras (lb 3, w 5) 8
Total (2 wkts; 14.5 ovs) 88

Credits? All given. ESPN, for every fan in every part of the planet where streams are “not available in your geographical location”s (and you never get the live telecast anyways) and WordPress for helping me sort a jumble of data!

Ov 15: Mitchell Starc returns, the timing perfect. With an energetic crowd, a new batsman, and another 2 runs away from his half-century, Australia smell blood, and an opportunity to knock off the batting attack.

Guptill on strike!

14.1: Full and wide, and dot.

14.2: Yorker and wide, and dot.

14.3: Full, going away, Guptill plays it back to Starc. And dot.

I wonder how the audience is taking that!

14.4: Shape in, shape out, the result is the same. “And dot.”

14.5: A run at last! Guptill moves to 49!

The wicket of the Kiwi skipper was Marcus Stoinis’ first in international cricket! That’s some wicket to begin with!

14.6: Taylor  faces his first, and he doesn’t. Dot ball.

Just one run off that over, NZ 88-2! (RR 5.86)

Ov 16: Stoinis with the ball.

15.1: There comes the single! It’s a half century to Guptill, he’s been batting with a fierce purpose out in the middle! 8 fours in his innings so far!

15.2: 5 wides again. In similar fashion to the last one. the ball sails over Taylor’s head and the keeper’s. Taylor lets it go, Handscomb ends up having to.

15.4: Timing and placement from Taylor. He plays it on the on, picks his spot in the square-leg gap and takes two.

End 0f 16, NZ 98-2!

Comms got down to the players not-yet on the field:

Tom Blundell: The boys have been fantastic. I have been enjoying my time. There’s bigger crowd in international cricket. Great day in Auckland. I think anything close to 300 is fantastic.

Blundell makes his debut for New Zealand today.

Ov 17: 5 runs with a boundary to Taylor. Starc the bowler.

16.6: Full delivery, Taylor opens his bat face and drives on to the ropes boards! 100 up for New Zealand!

New Zealand 103-2!     (RR: 6.05)

    •  Taylor     7 (8b 1×4)                                      Starc5-0-29-1
    •  Guptill   52 (51b 8×4)                                  Stoinis2-0-14-1

Ov 19: Travis Head’s been brought on to bowl.

A run and then a wide. Runs flowing.

18.3: 4 byes follow. To be the harshest on Handscomb, that’s now 14 runs gone behind him, of course, not all entirely his fault, but for the sake if stats! That’s fourteen extras just behind the wicketkeeper!

18.6: Another wide.








Why should he suck in again
Just to feel more pain
Hanging on by a thread
Wishing he were dead
Lost to the world, the world was lost to him
Caved in so long ago, never did begin

And he runs with the wolves
And howls into the night
Cut loose,
The further you get, the smaller the link
But open your eyes and you’re back
His shadow’s free, but his mind is bound

Why should he believe
There’s someone looking out for him
That someone’s looking out to see
That his next step’s not down a hole
When every step he takes leads deeper into the black
There’s nothing to look ahead to, everything’s painted black.
Parading on his very life, unraveling all his work
To nought
Stand next to him and look into his eyes:
A world that washed the lies
Left the truth behind
See the weaknesses, see the scars
Find it in you to tell him it’s alright

Crawled away from the world every day
Getting further every time
He finds solace not in his like but in the lifeless dark
For now there’s disorientation
And will he ever know?
He’s not sure if it’s us or the dark
that’s black.

Survey #17

The one about defying some laws.

Our favourite pastime as kids. Back when no one had told us that one person’s law governs your movements, and another’s rules your chances in life. A third rules the very fact that you’re alive, this survey, they broke free from it.

Q: If you could choose to defy any law of nature, which one would you choose to defy and why?

Arjun: Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle. Why? I don’t know, sadistic reasons.

Aditya: The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, because then the future and the past becomes the same.

Satchit: The 1st Law of Thermodynamics. Infinite stamina! Also the second law of motion (F=ma). Infinite acceleration! Slow down time!

Nirmiti: Everyone in our class: ★ insert smartass lame laws, ‘cuz pretentious bitches ★ #HAIRFLIP

[I’m legitimately looking to hire someone to translate this into English. Salary offered: a brownie-giver’s contact] [it works]

Sakshi: Age. I would defy aging, because maybe that’s the only thing that makes me more afraid than death. [comment (on REQUEST) from a kind-soul commentator: “Olay”.]

Aakansha: Murphy’s law, because this way, nothing will ever go wrong in my life.
[For those still in the stone-age club-banging Flintstones-neighbouring darkness, Murphy’s law states that “All that must go wrong, will go wrong.”

The Flintstones “rocked”.]

Satvik: Nature does not have many laws. That’s why it’s hard to he differentiated from a jungle.

Keerti: I’d want to defy any law that states that human beings having superpowers can only happen in fiction.

Manya: You should get to choose your real hair colour and type!

Kritika: Gravity, so that I can let myself down one more time.

Aayush: Law of conservation of energy, meh, I don’t like it.

Anamika ma’am: I’d like to defy the law of entropy, because of which you can’t time travel, and the constrains in the space-time continuum.

Daivya: First law of thermodynamics, to prevent energy crises.

Rajveer: I will fly. Because I want to.

Anush: Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle.

Riya: The laws of gravity, so I can fly.

Deepan: Hawking Radiation. Wanna see what Blackhole excreta seems like.

Rashiv: Bring magic to life.

Ashay: Natural selection because why not.

Saahil: “The more food you eat, the fatter you get” has to be changed.

Harshuday: Gravity. To fly.

Hardik: I don’t know shit.

Nihar: Newton’s third law. [action-reaction] ‘Cause life.

Hardik: Gravity to fly.

Nishidh: Gravity.

Akanksha ma’am: I’d want to fly. The current laws of nature don’t allow me to. So yes, Gravity.

[she’d had a rough day,]

Nethra: Time travel laws. I’d just vanish during chemistry.

Eesha: Law of conservation of energy, because I want to create energy!

Vyshnavi: I’d defy the law of conservation of heat, ‘cuz I’m too hot to cool down! (Just kidding!)

Siddharth: I would violate the law of conservation of energy so I could gain more energy in some situations (maybe? I don’t know,)

Shania: Nuh-uh! I abide by all laws, natural, man-made or school ones too! 😉

Neha: I’m not sure if this counts, but I want magic to be real – proper Harry Potter level stuff.

Anandita: Create magic like a real Harry Potter wizard.

Eva: Not sure if it’s a law of nature, but you’re sitting free the whole day, and the moment you step inside the shower, your mum needs you, the world needs you, your city is under attack and Christ has come back to life. I just want to have a peaceful shower for once!

Khushi: If probability were a law of nature, I’d break it down and turn uncertainty of the world into certainty.

Anand: I would defy the law of Survival of the Fittest. Why? So that everything could survive.

Aayush: I would defy the laws of our country like shooting an animal accidentally or running over people and still roaming around free. Oh, GUESS WHAT? Bhai has done it all! #BeingHuman #Sultan #Sal-Bhai #NoDangalOnlyJangalMeinMangal

[#the #world #will #survive #apocalypse #without #so #many #hashes #include]

Anushka: I would defy the law of natural selection and survival of the fittest. No factor in the world can define which species is fit enough to survive. Everybody and everything should exist.
[All hail the dinosaur reign]

Pranav: I’d defy the every living thing dies law, so I could live forever with that special someone.
[This one’s been requested to be highlighted, a request I cannot decline.]

Ronan: Probably a law of magic, because Harry Potter is awesome.

Yusuf: I would defy the law if evolution [reproduction], so there’s now be no females involved.

Shamila ma’am: The law of “Everything born must die.”
[Valar Morghulis.]

Akshay: Law of love and friendship.

Manish sir: Something to teleport, to fly, to talk to animals.

Rahul sir: Conservation of energy law should change.

Shreya: A sunrise.
[On further inquiry, she says, no, she doesn’t mind sunsets. Just cancel out sunrises. The sunsets can remain. ]

Rishbha: I’d want to violate the “Work hard and you will get the fruits” law.

Sakshi: … [in an earlier posing of this question she’d said “A law that gives the formation of cement. That way, there’d be no concrete buildings.” Then it changed.
Law of volatility and vacillation of human beings, I’d say!]

Ovee: The flowering of plants. I’d want flowers to always blossom. 🙂

Jahnavi: Time travel.

Vrinda: Nothing. Everything happens for a reason and changing it will only make it worse.

Zeba: I wouldn’t change anything. It’s bad enough.

Shivangi: I’d stop time.

Unnati: I’d defy the law of gravity because I am super clumsy and like, fall all the time.

[Neo-grammarians, does the comma go before or after the ‘like’ when used in the filler-sense?]

Priyansh: The law where a retirement would not really mean a retirement. (Reference: Massa)

Mohak: A law where’s Mercedes is always OP.

Anshul: I would want humans to be magnetic, with me being the strongest so that I can call myself a “chick magnet”.

Manvika: The pituitary gland should secrete equal amount of growth hormone in every human being. No height disparities!

Aaliya: I’d defy the law of attraction, because it gets a bit unfair. I’d make it less painful for the girls.

Manasi: Everyone should be able to reproduce and no one should go through periods. So everyone should be fertile throughout the year.

Aparajitha: Law of attraction because it really gets unfair, and also everyone should be able to reproduce, it’s unfair.

Priyanshi: Nothing’s to change! Everything is perfect, it’s us people who gotta change.

Saif: Gravity, no more carrying heavy stuff!

[Just a random thought, the idea of stairs and elevators becomes redundant right there. Just float up fifteen floors and put the lift operator out of business.]

Adhya: Gravity, because I wanna fly. So lame bro.

Mahwash: Newton’s 3rd law of motion, the one where every action has an equal and opposite reaction, because well, I am very “active” that way.

Vedika: I would stop answering your questions, ‘coz why not??????
[Because that’s the number of question marks over her life?]

Shefali: Laws of thermodynamics.

Sanyukta: Law of death. People shouldn’t die.

Lamha: The law of the fact that unicorns don’t exist. Because I love unicorns!

Zahida: The law of life. Why do we have a life cycle, where we are born and are dependent on someone? Why have a cycle of interdependence? How about just dropping out of the sky and having no expectations or dependence on you?

Aninthitha: Extreme telekinesis. Too long to explain really, but why break one law when you can break a whole bunch of them?
[The “too long explanation”: With telekinesis, you pretty much have pyrokineses as well, as well as the ability to control anything with just your mind, helping you break more than just one law. ]

Hrutvi: I’d like the basic law of nature to be defied and have rain falling upwards.

Pratik: Travel at the speed of light.

Kruthika: Gravity.
[Me: It’d be pretty cool! Until, of course, you crash into a ceiling or something.
Kruthika: Yes, and hopefully die.
Me: And, like, float away along with your body, instead of the whole soul floating away from it, sort of thing?
Kruthika: Who said anything about a soul. ]

Vidhi: Gravitation. We’re made to fly high.

Aryaa: The force which binds everything together with meaning and system. I would want to see the world in chaos. It would be wonderful to see how it became so systematic and oriented and trace back steps and see how everything began in the first place.

NZ vs Ban 2nd Test, Day 2

Day 2 of the second ANZ test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at Christchurch, 20-24 Jan ’17.

Good morning! Welcome back to the 2nd test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh, live from Christchurch! Having won the toss yesterday, kiwi skipper Kane Williamson elected to bowl first, and bowl New Zealand did. After having a quiet morning session, where the Bangladeshi batsmen were going at a healthy run rate of 4.7 for the loss of 2 wickets, the kiwi bowlers seemed to regain it all in the sessions post lunch, Bangladesh slipping from a comfortable 165-2, their best partnership, coming between Shakib (59) and Sarkar (86) to 179-5. Trent Boult picked up 4 wickets while Tim Southee got a fifer, and Bangladesh wound up their innings in the last ball of play on Day 1, ending with 289 runs on the board. New Zealand to bat this morning.

And play begins!

Ov 0.0: New Zealand openers Tom Latham and Jeet Raval take the crease! Raval’s on strike for the first ball of their innings. Taskin Ahmed to open the bowling for Bangladesh.

First ball’s a dot, length ball, defended by the batsman on the backfoot.

Just one run this over, the second innings is underway! Good pace from Taskin, clocking over the 140 kph mark. NZ 1-0 after 1!

Ov. 2: Bangladesh have one of their most exciting new cricketers bowling from the other end: spinner Mehendi Hasan (here’s looking at you, England) and this is the first over of spin in the whole match so far.

A tidy start from the youngster, he gives away 2 in his first. END of 2 overs, NZ 3-0!

Ov. 3:

2.1: FOUR runs! Taskin back with the ball and Latham the striker. Full toss, goes away from the off stump, yes please says Latham and creams it past point.

However, the rest of the over, Taskin keeps Latham quiet with some really good fuller, pacy deliveries. The batsman acknowledges his skill with a shake of a head.

End of 3, NZ 7-0!

Ov 4: Mehendi with the ball. He’s bowled a very tight challenging line so far, the batsman wouldn’t want to take him head on. He’s getting some turn now. He’s got two slips in place.

3.3: DROPPED. Mehendi accurate here, Raval  edges one to second slip, Mahmadullah, who puts it down, in and out of the basket. Very tough chance, it was fast and low, but a chance that’s been put down.

The batsmen play it safe till the end of the over, it’s a maiden! End of 4, it’s 7-0! 

Latham 5*, Raval 2.                             Mehendi 2-0, Taskin 5-0.

Over 5: 4, dot, dot, dot, dot, dot, is what this over looks like. The first delivery from Taskin, was pitched up and Latham the batsman dispatches it to the fence.

5 done, NZ 11-0!

Ov 6: Mehendi is really troubling the batsmen here with a generally short/full length and a line outside off. It’s a maiden, and Raval seemed uncomfortable there. Good stuff from Bangladesh. NZ 11-0 (6.0)

One run each off the next 2 overs. NZ 13-0 (8.0)

Ov. 9: Taskin’s the bowler.

8.1: Short, and defended by the batsman. Dot ball.

8.2: Nothing wrong from the bowler, and this would’ve been a dot if not for a hasty overthrow that’s added 2 runs to the New Zealand scorecard.

8.3: Full length becomes too full, and Latham just helps the ball on it’s way to the boundary. FOUR runs!

8.6: Pacy bouncer fuller one from Taskin, played down to backward point by Latham, but no run there.

At the end of 9 overs, NZ 19-0! 

Latham 17(29)(3×4), Raval 2*(25)                Taskin 0-16

Raval is seemingly to settle in, Latham’s playing  it with the bowlers here.

Ov 10: Bangladesh  are looking to capitalize on that and see if they might have  a wicket here. Lots of hands out for Raval. Two slips and a lot of fielders at cover region.

9.3: 27 deliveries on, Raval finally finds his feet. He smacks a rare bad ball from Mehendi, short and wide, to the ropes. FOUR runs!

9.5: Another boundary to Raval! The ball doesn’t move much, and is wide enough for Raval to comfortably dispatch it.

9.6: Raval negotiates the last ball of the over well, hitting it to square leg for 2 runs, and that’s the 10-over mark!

10 overs up, NZ 29-0! 

Raval 12(31)(2×4), Latham 17*(29)(3×4)        Mehendi 0-13

Over 11: Nerves and excitement this over, with a boundary, a near mix-up, and a catch dropped. Taskin’s the bowler.

10.1: Single, and hardly worth the heart lurching. Latham guides the ball to third man area and calls for a single, the throw just missing the stumps. Test match here. Take it easy. Wickets are a lot more valuable than a single here, jeez, that’d be T20s!

10.2: This time, Taskin’s the one off who an opportunity’s been missed. Perhaps not even an uncertain ‘opportunity’, but a proper catch. He pitches it up to Raval and gets the outside edge, and Sabbir at 2nd slip puts it down. Is 2nd slip jinxed this morning?

[ I maintain that this is not a morning for me. 4:30 am, so what. Till the sun’s up, I’m pretty much on a night shift.]

10.4: Salt in the wounds, and Raval makes good of a reprive, pushing the fuller delivery past mid-off to the ropes! FOUR runs!

End of 11, NZ 34-0!

Over 12: Change of bowling at the other end. Rubel Hossain’s been introduced into the attack.

11.1: He begins his spell with a no ball that’s found it’s way to the ropes. Latham’s the batsman.

6 runs off this over, (including the extras) and NZ 40-0 after 12!


Who’s waiting for these rematches?! 3-0 last month in Australia wasn’t fun, New Zealand will be looking to turn things around in the NZ leg of the Chappel-Hadlee trophy next month! Good to see Guptill will be back from his injury.

Over 13: Taskin’s the bowler. A lone boundary to Tom Latham’s all the runs this over.

End of 13, NZ 44-0.  Latham 27(41), Raval 16(38)            Taskin 0-25

Over 14: Rubel Hossain’s getting the pace, bowling around the 140-mark and is getting the movement. Maiden over.

Over 15: Another bowling change for Bangladesh. Kamrul Rabbi is introduced into the attack.

14.2: And it works! Short ball to Raval, and he pulls it onto his stumps. wICKET for Bangladesh! Jeet Raval goes, b Kamrul 16 (45b 3×4 0x6) 

With that, drinks have been called.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson walks in to bat.

14.3: Kane’s off the mark right away. He plays his shot off the backfoot, sends the ball down to square leg and takes 2 runs.

The 2nd innings of the last test saw the Blackcaps skipper smash a more than a run a ball 104* to take his team over the line.

14.4: But not this time, because Kamrul strikes again! Full length delivery, pitched right up and moving away from the batsman, a virtually unplayable delivery, and it gets the captain’s outside edge. ‘Keeper Nurul doesn’t drop this one, and this is a big big blow for the Blackcaps, who lose their second, just 2 balls after the first wicket fell! WICKET, and a huge one.   Kane Williamson 2(2) c Nurul b Kamrul.

New Zealand 47-2!

Ross Taylor walks out at 4.

Dot and dot to finish the over, Bangladesh have just changed the equation of this game in an over!

Over 16: Rubel continues. Just 1 run conceded. NZ 48-2 after 16.

Over 17: Single and a boundary off Kamrul’s next over.

16.5:  Latham pivots and pulls a shot past the square leg umpire that races away to the fence. This also brings up the Blackcaps 50. Took them a few overs longer than their opposition to get there.

NZ 53-2 after 17, NZ trail by 236. Latham 33, Taylor 0.

Over 18: Another maiden to Rubel Hossain!

Over 19: Bangladesh building on the pressure! Another maiden over ensues, Kamrul the bowler. Good stuff.

Over 20: Just 1 off Rubel’s over, but with a slightly unsettling happening.

19.3: Rubel pitches the ball short, but not as high as Latham was expecting. The ball hits his helmet and knocks the back protection off. Physios called on, but in a while, he’s fine.

NZ 54-2 in 20!

Over 21: Kamrul bowling.

20.1: Dot ball, Taylor simply pats the ball back to the bowler.

20.2: 3 runs taken! The ball was in the air for a while, but ends up just out of the reach of a pursuing fielder with outstretched hands.

20.4: Short ball with enough room to get comfortable, and Latham doesn’t waste it. He gets into position and punches a backfoot shot to the third man boundary. FOUR runs!

At the end of 21, NZ 61-2!  Taylor 4, Latham 37.    Kamrul 2-15(4)   Rubel 0-8(5)

The Bangladeshi bowlers are bowling with impressive economies. Not an over so far has gone for more than 8 runs.

Over 24: Taskin’s been brought back on to bowl, very close to lunch. He’s bowling from the opposite end this time.

23.1: He begins with a wide ball.

He’s getting the seam, bowling fullish and gives away no more runs this over.

One over to lunch, who’s hungry? NZ 67-2 in 24 overs!

Over 25: Kamrul Rabbi the bowler.

24.1: full delivery, Taylor chooses to block this out and make it to lunch without any hiccups (and how that would ruin a well-deserved lunch).

24.2: Ditto, he blocks again.

24.3: Wide ball. It sails over Taylor’s head.

24.3: Defended and a dot.

24.4: Single.

24.5: ” “.

24.6: Bangladesh experiment with psychology, see if they can get a Taylor to waver in concentration with a ball to go for lunch. There’s three slips on for him. Yet only Brendon McCullum could place five.

Taylor plays a defensive shot to the covers, and it’s lunch!

NZ 70-2 in 25, trail by 219.

Ov 26: Rubel Hossain takes the ball post lunch.

25.3: Short and dispatched by Taylor. Punched off the backfoot, that races to the ropes! FOUR!

25.4 and 25.5 (is doing this considered cheating? I don’t know,): Dot and dot.

a single to end the over, NZ 76-2 (26.0)

ov 27: Kamrul takes up bowling from the other end. This over’s looking good for the Blackcaps!

|2 • 2 • 4 •| Pretty looking over for New Zealand, 8 runs off it, NZ 84-2!

Over 28: Tidy over from Rubel, just 3 runs off it, NZ 87-2.

Over 29: Kamrul’s coming fast and full,  and the first four balls are dots.

28.5: FOUR! Tom swivels on the feet, pulls the ball away to the fence!

28.6: Back to back boundaries for Latham! Placement was all, putting the ball between the bowler and midfielder, Tom plays the straight drive, and the ball’s on it’s way home. Latham moves onto 48.

8 runs off the over, end of 29 overs, NZ 95-2! Latham 48(85)(9×4) Taylor 23(43)(3×4)

Ov 30: Bowling change, Shakib al Hassan is brought into the attack.

29.1: Late hit from Taylor, cramped for room, Bangladesh think there’s some pad involved and REVIEW! The replays show however, that there’s no pad involved whatsoever, the shot was off the middle of the bat! NOT OUT!

29.2: 3 runs taken, and this Latham-Taylor partnership is now worth 50 runs!

29.4: Latham on strike, and he runs the two runs to his 12th Test half century!



This also brings up New Zealand’s 100!

End of 30, NZ 101-2!

1 run the next over.

Over 32: Shakib’s the bowler.

31.6: SIX! And the first one of the innings too, it’s Ross Taylor! Taylor anticipates and pulls the ball, it goes over midwicket, sails away!

9 runs this over, NZ 111-2!

8 runs off the next over, with Latham smashing a wider Rubel ball for a boundary to third man!

NZ 119-2.

34 ov: Bangladesh losing their stranglehold, as Taylor threatens to break free.

33.3: Taylor pushes the ball to the midfield and steals a quick single. Had the collect been quicker, may there have been a run out chance here?

33.4: Next ball overpitched to Latham, and punished! Outside off, and Latham steps forward and axes it to the deep for a boundary!

5 runs off the over, its 124-2!

35 ov: Big over for NZ! Taylor’s cut the cords and is striking freely, and to say that Rubel has been expensive is an understatement. Is this the turning point? Is 500+ a total in sight?

34.1: Taylor starts the over with a four! A higher ball, Taylor jumps to knock it down, gets a glove on it, but it races past the wicketkeeper to the ropes.

34.2: The following ball,  Taylor shows his might! SIX runs! Wide and short, the ball is dispatched over point for a maximum!

34.4: Trouble for Bangladesh! Taylor now times the ball extremely well for a square drive for four, and that also brings up his quick fifty!

End of the 35th over, it’s cost Bangladesh 15 runs, the most they’ve conceded this innings, NZ 139-2!

New Zealand 1st innings

Batsman                                                        Runs   Balls      4’s        6’s

JA Raval                         b Kamrul                   16         45         3           0

TWM Latham                    n o                         67        106       11          0

KS Williamson(C) †   cNurul b Kamrul      2            2          0          0

Ross Taylor                    not out                     63          75        6           2

Extras(w 3, nb 1)   4

Total                         (2 wickets; 37.5 overs)152(4.01 runs per over)


The next 2 overs yield 4 and 2 runs respectively.

Over 38: Mehendi is back into the attack, Bangladesh looking to plug the loopholes here.

A comparatively quieter over, but the runs still flowing as singles, doubles, triples. The fielding must tighten up, or Bangladesh could be setting themselves up for a 500+ NZ total.

The 100 run partnership is up too.

8 runs off the over, NZ 153-2!

Drinks have been called for.

Will NZ keep their vice-grip on the bowling attack post drinks?

Over 39: Taskin Ahmed comes back to have a bowl.

The first 3 ballsgo for no runs. Latham’s the striker.

38.4: Short ball to Latham, and he goes for it. Unneccessary, given the current run flow. He only manages an edge with the angle bat that the keeper picks up, and Taskin has broken the partnership that was threatening to run away with the game! He’s gone for 68, NZ 153-3.

Henry Nicholls is the new batsman, in at 5.

Taskin completes a wicket maiden, and the runs flow has stopped.

The next three overs yield 1 run apiece, commendable from Bangladesh, as well as a little mix up between Taylor and Nicholls. Ross Taylor has enough steam to coach New Zealand’s track team. All that running out must really keep him on his feet! He’s one of the better known runner-outs of the side: the one who’d either run himself, or his batting partner out every once in a while. Keeps you alert while batting, eh!

And that’s about it from me for today, NZ 169-3 in 47 overs, trailing Bangladesh by 120 runs.

New Zealand 1st innings R B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal JA Raval b Kamrul Islam Rabbi 16 45 3 0 35.55
View dismissal TWM Latham c †Nurul Hasan b Taskin Ahmed 68 111 11 0 61.26
View dismissal KS Williamson* c †Nurul Hasan b Kamrul Islam Rabbi 2 2 0 0 100.00
LRPL Taylor not out 75 95 7 2 78.94
HM Nicholls not out 4 19 0 0 21.05
Extras (w 3, nb 1) 4
Total (3 wickets; 45.1 overs) 169 (3.74 runs per over)
Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
View wicket Taskin Ahmed 13 1 38 1 2.92 61 6 0 (1w)
Mehedi Hasan Miraz 9.1 2 27 0 2.94 39 2 0
Rubel Hossain 11 2 46 0 4.18 47 6 1 (1nb)
View wickets Kamrul Islam Rabbi 8 2 34 2 4.25 36 5 0 (2w)
Shakib Al Hasan 4 0 24 0 6.00 14 2 1


Day 3 was washed out completely in Christchurch and play was abandoned, presenting me a good Sunday’s sleep.

Day 4 was over before school ended.


In very brief, Bangladesh cleaned up the NZ tail for about a 100 runs, gave themselves about fifty runs of a deficit and then proceeded to collapse and hand New Zealand a target of 109 runs, which NZ pressed on for an extra 35 minutes of play and won with a day to spare.

NZ resumed play on 260-7 (71 ov.) with Nicholls on 56 and Southee on 4.

In the next 8 overs, New Zealand brought up their 300, with the loss of 7 wickets.

They wrapped up their innings with 354 in 92.4 overs.

Bangladesh began their 2nd innings fairly well with a 50 in 17 overs, for no wicket loss.

By the first drinks break, (22 overs) they’d lost 3 wickets already, and from there, it was a downward spiral.

By tea, about 10 overs to follow, the batting side had lost 5 wickets for a 100 runs.

Bangladesh finishing their innings 173 all out, for just 53 overs.

The only notable contributors to the score being Mahmadullah (38) and Soumya Sarkar (36), this was before Bangladesh’s landslide collapse.

Credit to the NZ bowlers, Boult, Southee and Wagner picking up 3 apiece with economy rates on the lower side of 3, Collin de Grandehomme scalping one, NZ now had 109 to chase for a clean sweep in the ANZ test series, and to maintain their record over Bangladesh in New Zealand: Bangladesh have never won a test here.

After tea, the only challenge for New Zealand was to finish the game before the end of the day. Reaching their fifty in just 11.1 overs, and losing only one wicket of Jeet Raval’s (33) and finishing the game in 18.4 overs, NZ 111-1.

Tim Southee took the Man of the Match award.

Thanks for making it through the whole test with me, (with a hell lot of bypassing) just a reminder, New Zealand’s next match is on 31st January, the first ODI against Australia in the New Zealand leg of the Chappell-Hadlee trophy, the first (Australia) leg of which was in early December, and of which New Zealand managed to lose all three. The rematch is naturally anticipated across both sides of the Tasman!

NZ vs Ban 2nd Test, Day 1

Day 1 of the second ANZ test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at Christchurch, 20-24 Jan ’17.

Good morning, and welcome to the second Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh, live on a lovely Friday morning in Christchurch (and a barely-even morning here).

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has won the toss and elected to bowl first, hoping to put on a better bowling performance than in the first test, where New Zealand conceded 500+in their first outing bowling.

The teams are in for the day!

BDESH Mat Age NZ Mat Age
Tamim Iqbal 46 27 JA Raval 4 28
Soumya Sarkar 4 23 TWM Latham 29 24
Nazmul Hossain Shanto 1 18 KS Williamson (C) 58 26
Mahmudullah 31 30 LRPL Taylor 80 32
Shakib Al Hasan 46 29 HM Nicholls 11 25
Sabbir Rahman 4 25 C de Grandhomme 4 30
Nurul Hasan 1 23 BJ Watling 49 31
Mehedi Hasan Miraz 4 19 MJ Santner 13 24
Taskin Ahmed 2 21 TG Southee 56 28
Rubel Hossain 24 27 N Wagner 29 30
Kamrul Islam Rabbi 4 25 TA Boult 49 27

Bangladesh have had a few forced changes, with Mominul, Imrul Kayes and Mustafizur all injured, and so Nupur and Namzul get a debut match.

And so play begins!

ov. 0.0: Trent Boult opens the bowling for NZ. Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal opening the Bangladesh batting. Tamim to face the first ball. 

0.1: Boult starts off with a slower one, a 132kph-er.

ov. 1.0: He concedes 1 run in his first, Ban 1-0.

Tim Southee takes the other end of the crease, and no surprises there.

dot, dot, dot, dot, tut, tut.

Maiden from Southee, Ban 1-0 after 2!

ov 3:Boult’s back and confident looking for early breakthroughs. 3 slips for him.

2.2: Fuller delivery, and a second run’s on the board fro Bangladesh. 2-0.

2.5:FOUR! First boundary to Bangladesh. Shorter from Boult, and pulled to the fence by Tamim Iqbal.

End of the over 3, Ban 6-0.

Ov. 4: Southee’s back on, Southee’s in the game!

3.2: WICKET! Southee strikes! A short ball down the leg side, and Tamim edges it to ‘keeper Watling. NZ have their first!

Ban 7-1 (3.2)  Tamim Iqbal 5(17) (1×4)

Senior batsman Mahmadullah walks in at 3.

3.4: Takes him one ball to get off the mark. Wider ball from Southee, and Mahmadullah takes 3.

End of 4 overs, Ban 12-1.

Over 5: 2 boundaries to Mahmadullah this over, Ban 20-1! Boult 0-14 Mahmadullah 11, Sarkar 4*.

Over 6: Tim Southee seems to have had a bit of an encounter with a bee on-field. He’s fine, though.

3 runs and a single this over, Ban 24-1 after 6! Southee 1-10, Mahm 12, Sarkar 10.

Over 8:

8.3: No run, Mahmadullah the batsman. New Zealand are appealing for a caught behind! Umpire declines NZ’s chance to deepen Bangladesh’s batting woes. NZ call for a review!

The result?

End of 8, Ban 30-1.

9.4: Boundary to Mahmadullah. Stays in his crease and cuts away to the fence.

10 overs up, Ban 38-1Soumya Sarkar 14, Mahmudullah 19. Southee 21-1, Boult 17-0.

10.2: Not too much after, disaster by the name of Trent Boult strikes the Bangladesh batting! WICKET here, Mahmadullah has to go! Caught by ‘keeper playing one too many inside edges, Bangladesh lose their second, and a senior batsman too, leaving Bangladesh at 38-2!

Shakib Al Hassan is the new batsman in, instrumental in Bangladesh’s high first innings total in the first test, scoring a double century. With his side in deep waters, can he do it again?

End of 11, Ban 40-2! 

Over 12: 2 boundaries to Soumya Sarkar off Southee, and Bangladesh bring up their first innings 50. Took 12 overs.

End of 12, Ban 50-2! Sarkar 24, Shakib 2*. Southee 19-1, Boult 21-1.

Over 13: This over, Shakib takes charge, bangs in two boundaries of his own. 8 runs off that over. This leads to the first drinks break of the innings/match,

Bangladesh 58-2! Shakib 10, Sarkar 24. Boult 27-1(7) Southee 31-1 (6).

31 in 6 overs, an economy rate of over 6, isn’t that a touch expensive for a test match.

Over 14: Post drinks, NZ have their first bowling change! Colin de Grandehomme comes on for Southee. He took six in a debut test against Pakistan earlier in December, what has he got in store for Bangladesh and us puny onlookers here?

A maiden, sir, is what that is. End of 14, Ban 58-2! Colin 0-0.

Over 15: Good follow-up here, maiden from Boult the next over. Are BAngladesh slowing down post-drinks, or is this strategic?

Over 16: Shakib makes me eat my own words here. Width on offer here from de Grandehomme, and Shakib takes it with glee- and with three more fours to the batting card!

13 off the over, Bangladesh 71-2! Shakib 22(5*4) Sarkar 25. C de G 13-0.

Over 17: Event follows cause and a bowling change ensues. Neil Wagner’s on for his first over this morning.

(Morning. Fun fact: it’s 4:30 am.)

Wagner’s first goes for 7 runs, with 1 boundary to Soumya Sarkar, Ban 78-2!

Over 19: New Zealand leaking runs here! 8 runs to the over! Ban 90-2.

6 runs off the 20th and 2 from the 21st over. Ban 98-2! 

Shakib Al Hasan 31 (36b 6×4)  Soumya Sarkar 43 (49b 5×4)
N Wagner 3-0-17-0 C de Grandhomme 4-1-23-0.

(As always, all hail ESPN.)

(See the organising? Different events in different colours. Hope it looks good. My fingers aren’t, right now.)

21.3: C de G with the ball, and Sarkar with the willow. The result: a boundary. FOUR runs, and the 100 comes up for Bangladesh! 

21.5: Sarkar smashes another boundary, and brings up his fifty in the process.

End of 22, Bangladesh 106-2!

Soumya Sarkar 51 (55b 7×4)  Shakib Al Hasan31 (36b 6×4)
C de Grandhomme 5-1-31-0  N Wagner 3-0-17-0

Run rate’s good for Bangladesh, at about 4 and a half, can New Zealand pull it back before the match runs away from them?

2 runs off the next (23rd).

Over 24: Creamer of an over for Bangladesh!

2 FOURS for Shakib, and a bit of a mix-up in the field:

23.2: Sarkar on strike, Colin goes full, angling the ball inwards and getting the outswing. Thick outside edge, and the ball drifts to the slips.Ross Taylor at first slip, Jeet Raval at second slip, he goes for the catch… which was probably an easier first slip catch. A good chance DROPPED here, and catches win matches!

12 runs off that over, Bangladesh 120-2, and going at a very healthy RR of 4.7 for their messy start.

I’m waiting for the sunrise.

Back in the match, Tim Southee pulls things back a bit this over, 2 runs given, its 122-2!

10 minutes to lunch, who’s hungry.

Over 26: Neil Wagner comes back on, and it’s 3 runs this over. Bangladesh, however, in a relatively comfortable position! It’s 125-2!

Shakib Al Hasan 38 (44b 7×4 0x6),  Soumya Sarkar 62 (72b 8×4 0x6)
N Wagner 5-0-22-0,  T Southee 7-1-33-1

Southee takes the last over before lunch! Bowling quite full here, Southee.

This over: • 1 • • • 2

Sarkar pushes the ball to extra cover and runs for 2 runs, and then, to the dressing room. Lunch has been called on Day 1 of the 2nd Test at Hagley Oval,Christchurch, and Bangladesh on top!

It’s 128-2 in 27 overs.

Batting card:
Tamim Iqbal              c Watling b Southee        5 (17)
Soumya Sarkar           not out                                64* (76)
 Mahmudullah           c Watling b Boult             19 (24)
Shakib Al Hasan        not out                                39* (46)

Bowling card:

                                      overs  maidens   runs  wickets  economy
 Trent Boult                  8            1               27         1             3.37 
 Tim Southee                8            1               36         1             4.50 
C de Grandhomme      6            1               43         0            7.16               (1nb)
Neil Wagner                  5           0               22         0            4.40

Fall of wickets:

1-7 (Tamim Iqbal, 3.2 ov), 2-38 (Mahmudullah, 10.2 ov)

Completely unrelated, but the ICC women’s Qualifiers begin next month, Feb 7th, in Colombo.

Australia, England, New Zealand and West Indies have qualified. The rest must duke it out in the tourney next month, with 2 teams, one from each group making it to the main event in June.

Group A – India, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Zimbabwe and Thailand
Group B – South Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Scotland and Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Warm-up matches:
Sunday, 5 February – India v South Africa, P.Sara Stadium; Sri Lanka v Pakistan, Mercantile Cricket Association (MCA); Ireland v Bangladesh, Nondescripts Cricket Club (NCC); Zimbabwe v Scotland, Colombo Cricket Club (CCC); Thailand v PNG, Moors Sports Club.

Tournament fixtures (first round)

Tuesday, 7 February:

Sri Lanka v India, P.Sara Stadium

Ireland v Zimbabwe, MCA

South Africa v Pakistan, NCC

Bangladesh v PNG, CCC
Wednesday, 8 February:

Pakistan v Bangladesh, P.Sara StadiumScotland v South Africa, MCA

Sri Lanka v Ireland, NCC

India v Thailand, CCC
Friday, 10 February:

India v Ireland, P.Sara Stadium

Thailand v Zimbabwe, MCA

PNG v Pakistan, NCC

Bangladesh v Scotland, CCC.
Saturday, 11 February:

South Africa v Bangladesh, P.Sara Stadium

Scotland v PNG, MCA

Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, NCC

Ireland v Thailand, CCC
Monday, 13 February:

Zimbabwe v India, P.Sara Stadium

Sri Lanka v Thailand, MCA

South Africa v PNG, NCC

Pakistan v Scotland, CCC


Mark your calendars!


Back here, the sun has not yet risen, but that’s it from me, since today is a Friday, it’s off to school for me.

Oh, just one last thing: play’s resumed, Southee has the ball, it’s 135-2 after 29 overs, and I’m late for school!


…Much later:

Bangladesh 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal Tamim Iqbal* c †Watling b Southee 5 13 17 1 0 29.41
View dismissal Soumya Sarkar c de Grandhomme b Boult 86 157 104 11 0 82.69
View dismissal Mahmudullah c †Watling b Boult 19 34 24 3 0 79.16
View dismissal Shakib Al Hasan c †Watling b Southee 59 124 78 9 0 75.64
View dismissal Sabbir Rahman c Southee b Boult 7 11 8 1 0 87.50
View dismissal Nazmul Hossain Shanto c Raval b Southee 18 85 56 2 0 32.14
View dismissal Nurul Hasan c †Watling b Boult 47 173 98 5 0 47.95
View dismissal Mehedi Hasan Miraz b Wagner 10 14 13 2 0 76.92
View dismissal Taskin Ahmed c Williamson b Southee 8 23 26 0 0 30.76
View dismissal Kamrul Islam Rabbi lbw b Southee 2 92 63 0 0 3.17
Rubel Hossain not out 16 39 21 3 0 76.19
Extras (b 4, lb 2, w 5, nb 1) 12
Total (all out; 84.3 overs; 387 mins) 289 (3.42 runs per over)
Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
View wickets TA Boult 24 4 87 4 3.62 108 13 0
View wickets TG Southee 28.3 7 94 5 3.29 130 11 0 (1w)
C de Grandhomme 14 4 58 0 4.14 60 10 0 (1nb)
View wicket N Wagner 18 1 44 1 2.44 77 3 0

Fall of wickets 1-7 (Tamim Iqbal, 3.2 ov), 2-38 (Mahmudullah, 10.2 ov), 3-165 (Soumya Sarkar, 35.5 ov), 4-177 (Sabbir Rahman, 37.5 ov), 5-179 (Shakib Al Hasan, 38.3 ov), 6-232 (Nazmul Hossain Shanto, 58.1 ov), 7-248 (Mehedi Hasan Miraz, 61.1 ov), 8-257 (Taskin Ahmed, 66.3 ov), 9-273 (Nurul Hasan, 77.3 ov), 10-289 (Kamrul Islam Rabbi, 84.3 ov)


Day 2 follows.

Survey #16

The one about being lost in a forest.

Kia ora! It’s been a long time, been a long time, been a long lonely lonely lonely lonely lonely time.

Q. What would you do if you were lost in a forest?

Deepan: Run Forrest, run!

Rashiv: It would be interesting to stay away from civilization. I’d stay there!

Anshul: Pretty much do whatever my sensei has taught me. (Sensei = Bear Grylls)

Mahima: Live there peacefully.

Sakshi: Climb a tree, pluck fruits, make hits, bathe in gorgeous waterfalls and enjoy observing nature in its raw form.

Akanksha: I’d get high on wild mushrooms.

Ashay: Seek and Destroy.

Aayushi: Hibernate.

Shrinjay: Show off my Minecraft skills.

Shefali: I will stay there forever!

Ayushi: I would rather stay there, away from the tension of life.

Aditi: Eplore and die in peace.

Arjun: I’d admire the flora and fauna, it’s a dream come true!

Aakansha: Explore and find creatures with the help of a book called ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’ by Newt Scamander.

Lamha: I’d become Tarzan because Jane is too mainstream.

Rishabh: Live and explore peacefully!

Nirmiti: Become Eve and kill Adam and Jesus. #TaylorSwiftRoxx

[Not endorsed by the surveyor.]
[Just making that clear.]

Mohak: I will explore the forest on my Ariel Nomad.

Satchit: Grab a tribe of apes, teach them Kung-Fu, push a revolt against the Ministry of Education, stage a coup, put the funniest ape in his place. If not better, at least the situation won’t change that much.

Aayush: Scream out to the other lost people. [People lost via this survey.]

Aditya: Build the world’s largest forest-based particle accelerator.

Kritika: I’d find a tree and hang myself.

Aditya: (fake entry via creative minds): 3 x 10^-2 x 3 x 10^2 = 3.

Pranav: Well, I’d open my own ‘re-production’ house, producing Godzillas and King Kongs, and maybe even a hybrid of the two. 😉

Satvik: You’d probably find the next George of the Jungle. (Tarzan is too mainstream 😉 )

Hardik: I would hide in it for a few years and the come back when everyone thinks I am dead.

PNM [faker on request]: I’d probably open a reproduction house making mainstream xxx videos and then enjoy them on my own. #Netflix&chill.

Ajinkya: I would create my own territory, tame wild animals and be King of the jungle.

Anshuman: I would make a wooden house and stay in it.

Anushree: I’d find my way out because I know how to turn an analogue watch into a compass. And if it’s night, then I know my constellations well.

Aaliya: I would look for werewolves in the forest.

Archit: Roam around and die.

Aninthitha: Find a wolf and hope I end up like Mowgli. With clothes, though. And also swim all day long. And sing jungle book, Pocahontas and Lion King songs all day because I’m Disney trash. And find my way out with an analogue watch compass when I get bored. (Don’t question this. I wear a watch even when I sleep.) Also, free Netflix. [see above.] [on reading Anushree’s answer: “We are literally the same person.”]

Mahwash: I’d carry a laptop with all the episodes of Suits, take Anjali with me, (and make her carry a backpack full of batteries) and watch Suits.

Manasi: Use all the Man vs. Wild tactics I learnt from watching the show. Live like Robinson Crusoe. And probably die without wifi. No wifi and no pizza.

Anamika ma’am: I’d find a way back, survive. [and I don’t doubt that. Not one bit!]

Sanyukta: I’ll spend all my time painting on the barks of trees and I’ll try to communicate with the animals around me!

Kaanan: Look for a bear, then Mowgli and then join a pack of wolves. Re-enact Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’.

Siddharth: Put my expert survival skills to use.

Harneet: I would start living in the Jungle itself.

Pranav: Find Diya.

Diya: Make a treehouse and live in it with Pranav.

Adhya: Become a female Mowgli and join a pack of wolves.

Shreya: I’d find a way to survive!

Shivam: Roam around in there.

Shania: Learn to climb trees and beat all the monkeys in the race of getting the best mangoes and bananas!

Riya: Look out for the Whopping Willow.

Anandita: I’d look out for the Whopping Willow, the centaurs, unicorns, Hagrid’s new pet and Hagrid.

Eva: It would be like a downgraded version of that Katy Perry music video, whatever it’s name was.

Eeshan: I would try to imitate Bear Grylls’ survival skills.

Anushka: I would live there for the rest of my life.

Arshya: I’m not a jungle-type of person, so I probably won’t go there in the first place.

Yusuf: New Job, #Hunter.

Vyshnavi: I’ll look for Snape’s Doe Patronus.

Jai: Probably call my parents.

Richa: Look for dogs and mobile network.

Khushi: I would make a treehouse and live in it and also look for my Tarzan.

Anand: Try desperately to call for help first; if that doesn’t work, I’d just try and survive.

Daivya: Make a treehouse.

Neha: Sing like a crazy person because there’s no one around to judge. Then I may die because I’d have tripped over a root, or something.

Netra: Tame all the animals and build a wood mansion.

Aayush: First tame yourself! [Laughing, in response to the last respondent.]

Marc: Use a bamboocopter and fly away leaving [the above mentioned two respondents] with wild animals!

Shubhankar: I would try to go out of the jungle, if I get lost, then I’d just try to survive, and would most probably fail eventually.

Akshay: I would be very happy if I’m with my loved ones. It would be amazing to spend time with them.

Maulishri: Find food, ’cause food be ‘bae’! 😛

Manish sir: Befriend the cat family.

Satchit 2.0: HARAMBE.

Shamila ma’am: I’d live there forever and never come back!

Rishbha: I will sleep and sleep.

Pratyusha: Probably be Mowgli.

Zahida: I probably wouldn’t come back.

Saahil: I would make the animals my friends, then swing from vine to vine in my Perry the Platypus underwear and then lead a revolution against the humans.

Manvika: I hope that I won’t find a grandma with big eyes, big ears and big teeth,

Sakshi: I will get naked and dance.

Aparajithaa: I would just wander around and find the weirdest, wildest and magical animals in the world.

Vishrutha: I’m smarter than that.

Priyansh: Make friends with the guys there.

Gauri: Stay there.

Jyotishka: Look for fruits.

Ashna: I would first look for wifi there!

Aakriti: I would search for a gingerbread house… Maybe.

Vani: I would probably try to go all Mowgli and fall off a tree and break my leg.

Kruthika: Hang myself from a branch.

Vidhi: Eat fruits and get the hell outta there?

Oh, well.

Welcome to the Jungle

Watch it bring you to your sha-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na knees, knees!

Today in history: 14/1

Another good day for music.

14th January 1969: David Eric Grohl, Dave Grohl, singer, guitarist, drummer, rocker, drummed for punk band Scream, drummed for grunge pioneers Nirvana, occasionally drums for Queens of the Stone Age, Tenacious D, had played with rock legends like Jimmy Page and fronts his own rock band Foo Fighters as lead singer-guitarist, was born on this day in Warren, Ohio.

A good day to brush the dust off these records,


14th January, 1982: Caleb Followill, lead singer and rhythm guitarist for alternative rock band Kings of Leon.


Today in history: 9/1

Another good day in history, 9th January, 1944, the date when another rock legend was born: Led Zeppelin guitarist, producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Jimmy Page was born in Heston, London.

Good day to revisit the old vinyls, is it? Or maybe a day to check out some remastered Led Zep albums that Jimmy page has been working on for a long time?

Either way, a good day to immerse yourself in the music!

Here’s to a whole lotta love!

9th January, 1941: Joan Baez, American folk singer, active for the past 55 years or so and still going hard was born on this day on Staten Island, New York. (She will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year).


Today in history: 8/1

While as of right now, our timeline seems to be moving in a linear fashion, for human legacy, the same has never been further from the truth. We live, in fact, in a multi-layered world, temporally speaking, where the past coincides with the present and the future, reminiscence along with aspirations and hopes, with living in the moment. Our history is the foremost and vibrant reminder of the vast and varied quirks of the minds humanity has borne in the past, the great legacy we will leave behind for a future, whether of another species, or our own.

Hence, it only makes sense to celebrate the process, the great journey humanity has undertaken, one important date at a time, by occasionally looking at the significance a day may have had, though years, decades ago, and still manages to hold it’s place in time.

Today in history, 8th January:

8th January, 1947: David Bowie, one of the greatest rock and roller of all time (named in 2016 as the best by Rolling Stone magazine) was born on this day, way back in 1947, in Brixton, south London.

8th January, 1935: King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley was born, in Tupelo, Mississipi.

8th January, 1942: Leading theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking was born in Oxford on this date in 1942.

8th January, 2016: ★ (Blackstar) the 25th and final studio album by David Bowie was released by RCA, Columbia and Sony among other labels.

Although, in the end, as someone said, it’s not about having time, it’s about making time, just as it’s not about learning history, but making it.

Chameleon Comedian Carnithian and Caricature

8th January. It should be self explanatory. A date that should be etched in history. (For more than one reason) A name that no one should ever need to introduce: David Bowie, who would’ve turned 70 years old today, and perhaps even may be, with fans in another plane. (Bowie himself was pretty happy with the date being as it was: it allowed him to share birthdays with his childhood idol Elvis Presley.)

Some people can do so much more with the mere sounds and words that we so unthinkingly and blatantly use all the time, the impact it leaves is forever. And David Bowie was, and in all his influence, will continue to be, forever one of this kind.

Personally, I haven’t been listening to Bowie for as long as some others, who have been following and loving Bowie for longer than I have been alive. In such regard, it would be a bit improper for me to state my own sorrow at his passing, for then the long time listeners’ pain would be like a stellar implosion. (Yes, the influence extends even to the charmed fascination he had with the above-and-beyond, outer space.)

But, for even the short while I have been on this planet, and for the couple of years that I have been listening in, Bowie was unlike any artist I’d ever heard before. There was a sort of freedom in the way he sang, a haunting reflection in the undertones of many a song, the raw emotion he put into each song, (one particular bit that sticks in your head is the vocals in the chorus of Five Years, where towards the end, one can hear the utter helplessness of a character who now knows that he, and everyone around him has just five years until oblivion, in his voice as he screams out and cries, “Five years! That’s all we’ve got!”) and how he basically turned songs and albums into a theatre production, his other big passion.


With Bowie’s music, detail mattered, and this was something his songs aroused in his listeners as well. An odd quirk, I seem to remember every single detail about the first time I heard a particular song of his. (It could be said that this was a commoner thing a decade or two ago, but as time has been progressing, the rate at which our timeline runs it’s opera has been increasing too, and many a time has left us with no room to spare for anything more than the bare essentials we need to get by the technical aspects of another day, hence we find the smaller, “less important” details, the ones which ironically matter more in the end, getting sketchier.)

Every little detail, about the exact spot on the floor I was standing, all the work I was putting off to give this work of art my priority, the exact feeling I had before, it’s all there on the tip of my tongue.

The first David Bowie song I’d heard was Rebel Rebel. I remember being outside and hearing it play, thinking to myself that the name sounded familiar and I made a mental note to go home and listen to it. (I also remember it being after  a movie we’d gone to watch.)

The time was around 4:30. I remember sitting at my table and having some written work to be completed, what that was, I don’t remember. I figured, since it was only written work, I needn’t apply myself and so I could listen to some music, in particular, an intriguing song I’d caught a snippet of, called Rebel Rebel.


I’ll skip the rest of the details and just let you know that I couldn’t take my finger off the replay button till 8.

I guess somewhere down the line, the whole idea of paying attention to the little bits you may have so easily missed and the idea of being free, something that Bowie stood for, creep inevitably into his songs.

Ditto for the time when I heard that the great legend I’d been idolising for so long, was no more. Again, with the details, I remember listening to Heroes when I heard the news, and my first reaction was that this was a sneaky prank. I was still recovering from the shock of Lemmy having died.

The shock now doubled, and all I could think of was of how I’d reacted on coming to know that Bowie had officially retired from touring the previous year, I’d been sad that I’d never see my hero live. Now, I remember thinking, devastated, I’d never get to see my hero alive!

But I suppose I’m still lucky. I’ve never seen Bowie face to face, never in concert, only in live videos and interviews, on YouTube, the boon and bane of our generation. So missing that touch of reality, Bowie was never a normal, regular human to me. He was always just the Starman flying all over, with a new face everyday, and when you’ve never known anyone to be alive, you’ll never know them to be dead too. It could also be that his voice is always alive, through all his records, stuck in time, that putting things into perspective, that planet Earth is short of David Bowie today, that Bowie no longer walks our soils, is only surreal.

Many still believe the ever-changing chameleon could be walking right around, with a different face and a different persona, and who knows.

I know that I just believe one thing, something someone had said last year, that I’ll never forget: In over 3000 years of human existence, I feel really lucky that somehow, for sixteen years, Bowie and I have existed on the same plane.